Mrs. Rutledge was born Ruth Elizabeth Iden in Las Vegas, NM on January 6, 1915. She moved to Dallas, TX with her mother Ada Ruth Iden and brothers Chester and Larry Iden after her father died in 1927. After graduating from Highland Park High School Betty entered the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM where she pledged Alpha Chi Omega and met her husband, James (Jim) Rutledge whose career entailed ownership and operation of Sanitary Laundry and Rutledge Linen Supply. Their 55 year marriage terminated when Jim died in 1993.
Betty and Jim were active members of the Albuquerque community. Betty enjoyed playing bridge, golf and scrabble. She gave decades of service as a Grey Lady at the Veterans Hospital and Lovelace Medical Center and 20 years assisting the thrift shop at Central Methodist Church. She and Jim sponsored the “Rutledge Endowed Professorship in Manage-ment” at the UNM Anderson School of Business and more recently an endowment to the UNM Medical School, Science and Research Department in memory of her granddaughter, Susan Patrick Olson. The Rutledges also supported the National History museum, Presbyterian Hospital, and Central United Methodist Church. Jim and Betty enjoyed extensive travel throughout the world by plane, cruise line and freighter ship.
Shellhouse-Rivers Crema-tory in Aiken, SC will prepare her remains which will be flown to Albuquerque, NM for burial. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to your charity of choice.
SHELLHOUSE-RIVERS FUNERAL HOME, 715 EAST PINE LOG RD., AIKEN, SC